The iconic Mt. Fuji is the highest mountain in Japan. It has been the object of mountain worship and a muse to artists since ancient days.
Mt. Fuji is a 3,776 metre high dormant volcano and straddles the border
of two prefectures, Shizuoka and Yamanashi. With unrivalled magnificence
and a beautiful cone shape, Mt. Fuji has often been selected as the
subject of paintings and literature. It is world-famous as a symbol of
The easiest way to view Mt. Fuji is from the train on a trip along the Tokaido Line between Tokyo and Osaka. However, be aware if you are on the bullet train it will go by in a flash! On clear days it can be seen from Tokyo and Yokohama. Visibility tends to be better during the colder seasons of the year than in summer, and in the early morning and late evening hours.
To enjoy Mt. Fuji at a more leisurely pace, the best thing to do is spend a night in a ryokan in Hakone or the Fuji Five Lakes area and enjoy its splendid views from an rotenburo (outdoor hot spring spa).
Mt. Fuji has long been the centre of mountain worship of ancient Japan. Today, it is a popular mountain to climb, and many people climb Mt. Fuji to watch the sunrise called Goraiko from the top. Access to the 5th station is well maintained, so you can go up to this point by public transport and thoroughly enjoy the magnificence of Mt. Fuji by just looking at the beautiful sight and its surrounding environment close at hand in all seasons without having to climb all the way to the top. For those who do want to climb Mt. Fuji, it is officially open for climbing during July and August via several routes. In these summer months, the mountain is usually free of snow, the weather is relatively mild, access by public transportation is easy and the mountain huts are open. Everybody without much hiking experience is strongly advised to tackle the mountain during the official climbing season.
Access: 1hr 50mins from Shinjuku (Tokyo) via Otsuki (JR Chuo Line, limited express) to Kawaguchi-ko Station by Fuji Kyuko Line. 50mins from Kawaguchi-ko Station to the 5th station of Mt. Fuji by bus. (No service in winter)
Mt. Fuji Climbing Guide
Shizuoka Prefecture Guide to Mt. Fuji